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Holden Colorado VS. Mountain Goat Ultimate Mountain Climbers Go Head-to-Head

  • New Holden advertising pitches Colorado against a mountain goat in light-hearted Colorado: Not to be outdone campaign
  • Colorado’s peerless climbing ability put to the test by nature’s best
  • Campaign signals fresh, humorous Colorado marketing

Even the mountain goat, famed for its unbeatable climbing skills, cannot compete with the tough and capable Colorado in Holden’s light-hearted new advertising campaign, Colorado: Not to be outdone.

In a fresh approach for Colorado, the multi-channel campaign sees a Colorado driver battle in a variety of different situations against a scheming goat, pitching brawn and capability against wily mountain knowledge.

While Colorado, with its ‘switch-on-the-fly’ 4WD, unbeaten 3,500kg towing capacity, 500Nm torque*, 1,000kg+ payload and extensive list of high-tech features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning, is undoubtedly the hero of the campaign, the goat plays a stellar supporting role.

“Colorado is a vehicle that can go anywhere and is always capable of standing up to a challenge, be that on the work-site, in the city or even against a sneaky mountain goat,” said Holden’s new Executive Director – Marketing, Kristian Aquilina.

“The new campaign – which has been in the works for a while – is a more light-hearted, jovial approach for Holden with Colorado. An approach we’re confident will better speak to our good-humored target market.

“Now is a great time to get into a Colorado, with competitive pricing backed up by a segment leading, five-year unlimited KM warranty and five years roadside assist to give customers absolute peace of mind.”

Launching on The AFL Footy Show this evening, the Colorado: Not to be outdone campaign comes on the back of Holden’s latest Colorado release, the new Colorado LSX, which boasts a range of tough additions including 18-inch black alloy wheels with all-terrain tyres, matte black extended sports bar with ‘Colorado’ branded plate inserts, and black front grille, to name a few.

* Automatic only

2018 Toyota HiLux Range Expansion

  • Three new halo HiLux models – Rugged X, Rugged and Rogue
  • Rugged X/Rugged deliver ultimate off-road protection and functionality
  • Rogue styled and equipped for urban adventurers

Toyota has given its HiLux a serious dose of style, refinement and rugged off-road prowess with the launch of the new 4×4 double cab Rugged X, Rogue and Rugged models.

The three new hero models of Australia’s best-selling vehicle have been designed and developed in Australia with support from Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan and Toyota in Thailand.

Toyota Australia’s vice president sales and marketing Sean Hanley said the three new halo models have been designed to meet the demands of Australian customers and Australian conditions and build on the “Unbreakable” reputation of HiLux.

“Designed and developed over a three-year vehicle program, all the new components on these stunning HiLux models are fully integrated and engineered into the core vehicle and covered by the standard factory warranty.

“The Rugged X, Rogue and Rugged are not accessorised special editions, they are fully fledged new HiLux models that our customers demanded and we can be justifiably proud that they were designed and developed here in Australia,” he said.

“These three new HiLux heroes give customers a bold new choice in the market whether they are looking for a stylish and refined top-end ute for work and play or need enhanced protection, functionality and recovery capability for serious off-roading,” Mr Hanley said.

“We know that the average HiLux customer already spends over $2000 on accessories for their vehicles so we looked at what those needs were from both a capability and style perspective and developed a raft of new features for HiLux.

As the new top-of-the-range HiLux fully equipped for off-road adventures straight out the showroom, the Rugged X is priced from $61,690* in manual guise and $63,690* as an automatic.

The style leading automatic-only HiLux Rogue is priced from $61,690*. Blending the best of off-road and on-road protective and functional features, the HiLux SR-based Rugged offers superb value and is priced from $54,990* as a manual with the six-speed automatic option adding $2000*.

With its off-road focus, the Rugged X builds on the SR5 on which it is based with a host of protective, functional and recovery features.

At the front, the winch-compatible heavy-duty steel front bar with integrated bash plate, LED lightbar and driving lights provides effective off-road protection and, together with the new design grille, gives the Rugged X a striking and tough aesthetic.

Further protective and recovery features include a snorkel, purposeful side rock rails that are able to support a fully laden vehicle, front and rear recovery points and a new heavy-duty steel rear bar and integrated tow bar.

The rear tub of the Rugged X has also been designed for functionality with a new steel sports bar that can support a vertical load of 75kg and, with multiple tie down points, secure up to 200kg on the floor of the tub.

Inside, the new Rugged X delivers all the comfort and style of a premium double cab ute, including leather-accented seats.

A new design instrument cluster, metallic black ornamentation and black headlining complete the interior design theme.

The new HiLux Rogue has been designed with a more urban adventurer customer in mind and features redesigned front and rear ends that reflect Toyota’s global truck design DNA.

Designed in Australia and developed in conjunction with the Toyota engineering team in Thailand, the HiLux Rogue is a stylish premium HiLux model that will be sold in markets around the world.

The new more vertical front end and outboard driving lights give the vehicle a strong assertive appearance that is complemented by clean lines and a neat rear bumper – all with a contemporary black and grey colour palette.

The tub also gains the same practical and stylish sports bar as all the new HiLux models along with a bespoke hard tonneau cover for added protection and security.

As a premium model, the Rogue also gains the same interior features and trim as the Rugged X.

The new Rugged model is based on the HiLux SR and is aimed at customers who want the extra functionality and features of the Rugged X but with the protection offered by a traditional steel bullbar.

Like the Rugged X, the Rugged also features a snorkel, redesigned grille, side rock rails, sports bar and heavy-duty steel rear bar together recovery points.

All three new HiLux models share the same mechanical specifications as the SR5 or SR models on which they are based and are powered by a proven, strong and efficient 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine.

Driving through a part-time, shift-on-the-fly 4×4 system with a full set of low-range ratios, the engine generates maximum power of 130kW and 450Nm of torque with the optional six-speed automatic transmission or 420Nm when mated to the six-speed manual gearbox.


Toyota’s three new 4×4 HiLux models take Australia’s best-selling vehicle in 2017 to a whole new level of strength and style. With the Rugged X and Rugged set to satisfy those who hanker for serious off-road adventure and the Rogue complementing its double-cab practicality with a refined sense of urban style, all three new HiLux models feature an extensive array of exterior and interior design and equipment enhancements.

HiLux Rugged X

Based on the HiLux SR5 double-cab, the 2.8-litre turbo-diesel Rugged X is offered with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

New features for the Rugged X include:

• 17″ ‘Tough’ alloys
• Heavy-duty steel front bar and bash plate
• Rugged grille design
• LED light bar and spread beam driving lights
• Front and rear recovery points
• Heavy-duty steel rear bar with integrated step
• Side rock rails
• Snorkel
• Towball & tongue
• 7-pin flat trailer wiring harness
• Black wheelarch and body side mouldings
• Functional black sports bar with multiple tie-down points
• Tub liner with tailgate protection
• Gloss black exterior mirror caps and door handles
• Matt black tail lamp surround
• Black tailgate handle with integrated camera
• Dark grey ‘HiLux’ badges and Rugged X decals

• Black perforated leather-accented seats
• Metallic black ornamentation
• Black roof headliner
• Front and rear all-weather floor mats
• New design instrument cluster with white illumination and orange needles


  • Fully integrated off-road protection and recovery features
  • Premium and comfortable interior

The new Toyota HiLux Rugged X takes the ute’s “Unbreakable” strength and reputation for off-road prowess to a new level with a host of off-road protection, recovery and functional features and a bold new style to match.

All the new features of the Rugged X were developed locally by Toyota’s Melbourne-based engineering and design teams specifically for Australia’s harsh off-road environment with support from Toyota in Japan and Thailand.

The Rugged X delivers a more aggressive aesthetic and heavy-duty functional features that underpin its distinctive character as the HiLux designed to work hard and play hard.

Toyota Australia’s product planning and development general manager, Rod Ferguson said the Rugged X was undeniably aimed at customers with an appetite for off-road adventure.

“There is no doubt about the appeal of the dramatic visual style of the new Rugged X, but it’s far more than a styling exercise,” Mr Ferguson said.

“Features like the new heavy-duty steel front bar, rock rails and high-strength recovery points have all been developed and fully engineered to completely integrate with the vehicle and are designed to allow owners the ultimate off-road adventure straight out of the showroom.”

Based on the popular HiLux SR5 4×4 double-cab, the Rugged X shares its mechanical specifications with that vehicle including its 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine. Offering plenty of performance, the engine generates a maximum power of 130kW and 450Nm with the optional six-speed automatic transmission or 420Nm when mated to the six-speed manual gearbox.

But that is where the similarities end.

New features for ultimate off-road protection and purpose

At the front end, the Rugged X presents a face that epitomises the strength of the HiLux with a large honeycomb grille supported by the all-new winch-compatible steel front bar, complete with a fully integrated LED light bar and spread beam driving lights.

Made from black powder-coated high-tensile pressed and fabricated steel, the new front bar is complemented by a 5mm thick high tensile alloy bash plate that provides superb protection without significant weight compromises.

The new front bar and bash plate structure is fully integrated into the front end design of the Rugged X, ensuring complete compatibility with all safety systems and airbags. The front suspension has also been fitted with uprated springs to support the extra mass.

In order to provide outstanding night vision, the new steel front bar features a centrally mounted 66cm LED light bar – the first time such equipment has been fitted as original equipment in the segment – and two spread-beam outboard LED driving lights.

With 24 individual LEDs producing a combined maximum of 120 watts, the light bar together with the 20 watt driving lights, delivers a significantly broader and brighter spread of light than the standard SR5 high beam.

Located beneath the front bar and integrated into the chassis of the HiLux Rugged X are a pair of easily accessible and easy-to-find red painted recovery points*, that are matched at the rear.

The front and rear recovery points are made from 20mm thick steel plate with a large cross-vehicle bracing structure for strength and are fixed into the chassis rails with high tensile bolts. Both the front and rear recovery points have been tested in a variety of recovery situations and can accommodate an 8000kg snatch strap or 9000lb winch.

At the rear, a new heavy duty steel rear bar with a large step is fully integrated with the tow bar assembly and recovery points and protects the vehicle in off-road conditions thanks to its sheer strength and clever design to improve corner approach angles.

Complete with a standard tow ball, tongue and fully installed 7-pin flat wiring harness, the Rugged X is fully equipped to drive away towing a boat, off-road trailer or caravan with the manual version rated to a braked towing capacity of 3500kg and the automatic rated to 3200kg**.

Further body protection and design appeal in the HiLux Rugged X is provided by the black wheelarch and body side mouldings with the former accommodating newly developed 17″ alloy wheels fitted with high profile 265/65 R17 tyres.

Visually tying in the front and rear of the Rugged X is an all-new feature for HiLux, a pair of heavy duty rock rails that take the place of traditional side steps.

Made from chassis-mounted steel tubing that is black powder coated for durability, the rock rails are designed to protect the sills and underbody and are able to support a fully laden vehicle.

They are also fitted with a pair of tread plates to assist getting in and out of the HiLux in slippery conditions.

While many of the new components have been designed and engineered with increased off-road protection in mind, Toyota engineers and designers have also looked to improve functionality, wherever the road or track goes, and this is clearly evident in the large tub.

Protected by a moulded liner, the tub of the HiLux Rugged X is fitted with a sports bar. Unlike many sports bars however, the four-piece steel structure fitted to the Rugged X is for more than just good looks and is a floor-mounted, load-bearing structure that provides multiple tie-down points.

The sports bar is capable of supporting a vertical load of up to 75kg, or securing up to 200kg of camping gear, sports equipment or other essentials for an off-road adventure.

Further functionality comes in the form of the fully fitted snorkel designed specifically for HiLux to ensure optimum airflow to the engine in dusty conditions or when tackling deep river crossings.

The various functional features developed for the new Rugged X not only provide the vehicle with outstanding off-road prowess but also give the HiLux a rugged dynamic aesthetic.

This is further enhanced with a black gloss treatment for the exterior mirror caps and door handles and matte black surrounds for the tail lamps that all create a distinctive stark contrast to the new exclusive Inferno Orange paint colour.

In addition to this bright metallic colour that is only available for Rugged X, Rugged and Rogue HiLux models, the Rugged X is also offered in Glacier White, Crystal Pearl, Silver Sky, Graphite and Eclipse Black exterior colours***.

Premium interior delivers comfort and convenience whatever the conditions

Reflecting the purposeful exterior, the new HiLux Rugged X features an enhanced interior with premium materials and colours designed to offer the optimum balance of style and functionality.

The black leather-accented seats feature a perforated centre section with contrast stitching for a premium feel while the standard front seat heating provides welcome respite on chilly mornings in the outback. The driver seat also offers 8-way power adjustment (slide, recline, height and tilt) with the front passenger position featuring a manually adjustable seat.

Complementing the practical black upholstery is metallic black ornamentation for doors, steering wheel, gear lever and centre console and a black headlining.

The HiLux Rugged X also features a newly-designed Combi Meter instrument cluster incorporating speedometer, tacho and 4.2″ multi-information display that features a dark dial plate with orange needles and white illumination.

The vehicle’s premium infotainment system functions are displayed on a large 7″ display and include full Satellite Navigation^, AM/FM and DAB Radio^^, a single slot CD player, USB/AUX# and Bluetooth® connectivity##, voice recognition and the Toyota Link° app suite that is compatible with a range of iPhone and Android smartphones.

To complete the convenience offering, the HiLux Rugged X also comes standard with a Smart Key system enabling keyless entry and start.

HiLux Rogue

Based on the HiLux SR5 double-cab, the 2.8-litre turbo-diesel Rogue is offered with a six-speed automatic transmission.

New features for the Rogue include:

• 18″ ‘Rogue’ alloys
• Premium new style front bumper
• Rogue grille design
• Grey-painted rear bumper with larger step
• Towball & tongue
• 7-pin flat trailer wiring harness
• Functional black sports bar with multiple tie-down points
• Body-coloured hard tonneau cover
• Marine-grade carpet tub liner
• Gloss black exterior mirror caps and door handles
• Black tailgate handle with integrated camera
• Dark grey ‘HiLux’ badges and Rogue decals

• Black perforated leather-accented seats
• Metallic black ornamentation
• Black roof headliner
• Front and rear carpet floor mats
• New design instrument cluster with white illumination and orange needles


  • Top-end HiLux designed in Australia for a global market
  • Refined and sporty exterior style for urban adventurers
  • Premium interior features for added comfort and convenience

The new Toyota HiLux Rogue delivers a whole new level of style, backed by plenty of proven substance, to the recreational ute market.

Toyota Australia’s product planning and development general manager Rod Ferguson said Rogue was the perfect expression of a vehicle designed for adventurous weekends away while being equally at home for the weekday commute into the city.

“Whether it’s the snow, a waterski weekend or a bit of high country mountain biking, the Rogue maintains all the HiLux 4×4 credentials to get you there and back,” Mr Ferguson said.

“At the same time, the bold new front and rear end design, clean lines and premium interior means that you will be doing it with a new sense of sophisticated style.”

HiLux Rogue is based on the HiLux SR5 4×4 double-cab model and is powered by a strong 130kW/450Nm 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

As a new range-leading model, it takes its style and sophistication to an altogether higher level.

The new premium HiLux model combines the best of Toyota off-road capability with a new sophisticated urbane style designed by the Melbourne-based product design team and developed in conjunction with Toyota engineers in Thailand.

Global design DNA for a global product

HiLux Rogue was designed in Australia as a global product to be tailored and sold in various markets around the world. It is the basis for the HiLux Rocco that is available in Thailand.

Over the course of a three-year development process for the Rogue, the local Toyota designers settled on a strong bold theme that reflects Toyota’s global truck DNA.

To achieve the new bold look, the front end was completely redesigned with a stronger, more upright profile. A large trapezoidal grille with a honeycomb insert and outboard LED fog lamps help give the Rogue a broad stance and imposing presence on the road.

Surrounding the fog lamps are newly designed bezels finished in a high gloss metallic colour to create a more aggressive aesthetic.

The strength in profile is accentuated with a solid side presence highlighted by gloss black exterior mirror caps and door handles and underpinned by new design black 18-inch alloy wheels fitted with 265/60 R18 tyres.

The newly adopted rear bumper features a larger step and grey-painted inserts to match the front end while a towball and tongue and 7-pin wiring harness are fitted standard to complement the 3200kg braked towing capacity*.

Reflecting the cleaner style of the overall vehicle, the rear end does away with the traditional large HiLux decal with branding detailed by a combination of subtle and stylish decals and badges at the top of the tailgate.

The functional sports bar adds far more than visual appeal and is securely floor-mounted into the Rogue’s tub and can support a vertical load of 75kg or secure up to 200kg on the tub floor via multiple tie-down points.

The stylish aesthetic is further enhanced by the bespoke hard tonneau cover that neatly integrates with the new black sports bar adding practical protection and security.

The hard tonneau cover incorporates a light for the tub and is fully integrated with the central locking system.

In keeping with its more upmarket positioning, the Rogue also features a new type of tub liner made from an ultra-durable marine grade material on a soft foam base that has been designed to perfectly fit within the tub.

Premium features and trim are all class

Inside, the Rogue combines a host of premium equipment, trim and design features to lift the ambience and give it a classy feel.

The polypropylene carpet-like material is UV and water resistant, ensuring long-term durability and easy cleaning.

Mirroring the black colour theme of the exterior, the cabin features new black perforated leather-accented seats, metallic black ornamentation for the doors, centre console and shift lever and a black headliner for the roof of the cabin.

The front seats are heated and the driver position also features eight-way power adjustment for slide, recline, height and tilt.

Front and rear carpet floor mats complete the refined interior.

The Rogue features a redesigned instrument cluster with the Combi Meter – speedometer, tacho and 4.2″ multi-information display – comprising a dark dial plate with orange needles and white illumination.

The premium infotainment system that displays on a large 7″ display includes full Satellite Navigation^, AM/FM and DAB Radio^^, a single slot CD player, USB/AUX# and Bluetooth® connectivity##, voice recognition and the Toyota Link° app suite that is compatible with a range of iPhone and Android smartphones.

Added convenience comes in the form of a Smart Key system that allows keyless locking and unlocking and engine start and stop.

The polypropylene carpet-like material is UV and water resistant, ensuring long-term durability and easy cleaning.

HiLux Rugged

Based on the HiLux SR double-cab, the 2.8-litre turbo-diesel Rugged is offered with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

New features for the Rugged include:

• 17″ ‘Tough’ alloys
• Premium steel bullbar
• Rugged grille design
• Heavy-duty steel rear bar with integrated step
• Towbar, towball & tongue
• 7-pin flat trailer wiring harness
• Rear recovery points
• Side rock rails
• Black body side mouldings
• Snorkel
• Functional black sports bar with multiple tie-down points
• Tub liner with tailgate protection
• Black tailgate handle with integrated camera
• Dark grey ‘HiLux’ badges and Rugged decals

• Satellite navigation^
• DAB+ radio^^
• Front and rear all-weather floor mats


  • Aussie designed and engineered protection and functional features
  • Full frontal bullbar protection for country driving
  • Hardwearing tub with heavy-duty practical sports bar

Rugged by name and rugged by nature, the third new HiLux model provides the optimum balance of on and off-road protection and functionality for a variety of conditions and environments.

By combining the full functionality of a traditional bullbar with enhanced protection and recovery features, the Rugged is the perfect 4×4 workhorse or go-anywhere weekend warrior.

Like its new Rugged X stablemate, all the new features for Rugged were designed and engineered by Toyota Australia’s product planning and development division to suit harsh country and outback conditions.

Division general manager Rod Ferguson said the Rugged was designed for customers who wanted enhanced off-road capability and protection for a variety of environments.

“Rugged X offers a traditional bullbar for customers who do a lot of country driving while offering new locally developed off-road protection, recovery and functional features,” Mr Ferguson said.

The new Rugged shares its mechanical specifications with the HiLux SR and is powered by a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine producing 130kW and 450Nm with the optional six-speed automatic transmission or 420Nm when mated to the six-speed manual gearbox.

At the front, the ute’s aggressive styling is dominated by a premium proven steel bullbar that integrates with the Hilux front end and provides full compatibility with all the vehicle’s safety systems.

Constructed from high-tensile steel that has been black powder coated for durability, the winch-compatible bullbar incorporates LED driving lights, centre and corner undershields, mounts for two antennas and additional driving lights.

Behind the bullbar the newly styled grille, finished in gloss black, features a bold interlocking honeycomb design that complements the mesh panel in the lower section of the bullbar.

The Rugged is also fitted with additional side body protection with body side mouldings and heavy-duty rock rails to protect the vehicle sills and underbody from damage in extreme off-road situations.

The rock rails are constructed from chassis mounted steel tubing and are designed to support a fully laden vehicle. They also feature plastic tread plates to allow easy access to the roof of the vehicle.

New design black 17-inch wheels give the Rugged a purposeful appearance and are fitted with high profile 265/65 R17 tyres.

At the rear the HiLux Rugged delivers an equally tough aesthetic and functionality with a new heavy-duty steel rear bar. Finished in black powder coat, it features a large step and tow bar, ball and tongue and 7-pin wiring harness to provide a braked towing capacity* of up to 3500kg for the manual version with the automatic rated to 3200kg.

To help get out of extreme situations, the vehicle is also fitted with rear recovery points** that are painted bright red for easy identification and location.

The recovery points are made from 20mm thick steel plate and with a large cross-vehicle bracing structure for additional strength, can accommodate an 8000kg snatch strap or 9000lb winch.

The rear tub of the HiLux Rugged also offers superb functionality with a hard-wearing durable moulded tub liner and an easy-to-operate tailgate handle.

The new black four-piece steel sports bar provides far more than good looks too and is capable of supporting a vertical load of 75kg, or securing up to 200kg in the tub bed via multiple tie-down points.

The HiLux Rugged also comes standard with a fully fitted snorkel to ensure efficient airflow to the engine in dusty conditions or when undertaking water crossings.

Inside, the HiLux Rugged shares its equipment level with the HiLux SR with the addition of satellite navigation^ and DAB+ digital radio^^ for the comprehensive Bluetooth®# and USB-equipped## infotainment system.

It also gains heavy-duty all-weather floor mats, front and rear.


Rugged X, Rogue, Rugged
Double Cab 4×4 pickup
5350mm – Rugged X
5345mm – Rogue
5415mm – Rugged
1885mm – Rugged X/Rugged
1855mm – Rogue
Front/rear tracks
Kerb weight^
2252kg – Rugged X
2174kg – Rogue
2238kg – Rugged
Approach angle front
28 degrees – Rugged X/Rugged
30 degrees – Rogue
Approach angle corner
49 degrees – Rugged X
39 degrees – Rogue
45 degrees – Rugged
Departure angle
21 degrees – Rugged X/Rugged
20 degrees – Rogue
Running clearance (unladen)
251mm – Rugged X
216mm – Rogue
253mm – Rugged
Towing unbraked#
Towing braked#
3500kg (manual), 3200kg (automatic)
Fuel tank
80 litres
Brakes (front)
Ventilated disc – 319mm opposed calliper
Brakes (rear)
Drum brake – 295mm
Front suspension
Double wishbone with stabiliser bar
Rear suspension
Leaf spring with two shock absorbers
Steering gear
Rack and pinion
Power steering
Turns lock-to-lock
Minimum turning circle
12.6 metres (tyre)
Wheels and tyres
265/65 R17 alloy – Rugged X/Rugged
265/60 R18 alloy – Rogue
1GD-FTV turbo-diesel
4-cyl, in-line
Valve mechanism
16V DOHC chain drive
Charging system
Variable nozzle turbocharger with intercooler
Bore x Stroke
92.0mm x 103.6mm
Compression ratio
Fuel system
Cetane number
Maximum power
130kW @ 3400rpm
Maximum torque
450Nm @ 1600-2400rpm (6AT)
420Nm @ 1400-2600rpm (6MT)
Rugged X Rugged Rogue
6MT RC61 6AT AC60

6AT AC60

Combined: litres/100km
7.9 8.6 8.5
Urban: litres/100km
8.8 10.0 10.9
Extra urban: litres/100km
7.5 7.7 7.1
Emissions: grams/km*
210 226 223
6-speed manual transmission
6-speed super intelligent electronically controlled auto
Gear ratios
6MT RC61 6AT AC60
4.784 3.600
2.423 2.090
1.443 1.488
1.000 1.000
0.826 0.687
0.643 0.580
4.066 3.732
Final Drive
3.583 3.909


^Vehicle weights / mass and dimensions are approximate and subject to individual vehicle variances. Vehicles should be individually weighed and measured before fitting any accessories, towing or designing any compatible trailer / caravan or otherwise using the vehicle in any way that depends on this value.
#Towing capacity is subject to regulatory requirements, towbar and vehicle design and towing equipment limitations.
*Fuel consumption and emissions vary depending on driving conditions / style, vehicle conditions and options / accessories. Source of fuel consumption data: ADR81/02.

The X-Class launches in Australia

From today brand new X-Class utes will drive out of Mercedes-Benz dealerships all around Australia. With pricing starting from $45,490 plus on roads Mercedes-Benz Vans has already had more than 8,000 customers register their interest in buying the vehicle, with some leaving deposits at dealerships to secure early orders.

World wide, it’s consider one of the biggest vehicle launches for the year. Mercedes-Benz Vans kicked off their marketing campaign by inviting Henry Rollins to travel around Australia in an X-Class creating a podcast and documentary called Tough Conversations which interviews real Australians on what it means to be tough. The documentary will air on Network Ten’s ONE channel at 9.30pm April 18th.

Managing Director Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia and New Zealand, Diane Tarr, said, “The high level of interest and anticipation in the lead up to revealing the new X-Class has been a reflection of just how ingrained dual cab utes are in both the Australian and New Zealand culture. The fact is we love utes and we are showing a desire to incorporate this type of vehicle into our lives in more ways than we did in the past. Not just for work, but also increasingly for private use.

“The new X-Class finds the perfect balance between the stylish design expected of a Mercedes-Benz and the uncompromising robustness and functionality demanded of the category. As a result, with the X-Class, we can effectively provide a solution for trade and fleet customers, and we will find out just how far this category can evolve for private customers who need the vehicle to support their lifestyle.”

To register your interest:

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First look: A bolder BT-50 set for Australia

Exclusive to Australia, Mazda will launch a bold new look for the BT-50, going on sale from May 2018.

In its second and most comprehensive update since its launch in 2011, the BT-50 will see significant front end design changes, doing away with curving lines to strengthen the ute’s impressive road stance.

Lowering the car’s visual centre of gravity, the outer edges of the bumper have been squared off, bolder contrasting fog light surrounds have been added, along with a large trapezoidal lower air intake with a skid plate.

Further bolstering its tougher outlook, the grille has adopted strong horizontal lines to straighten out the front of the car, giving the ute a wider and more solid bearing.

Designed and engineered locally, the new look Mazda BT-50 has been made specifically for Australia and is exclusive to the Australian market. Mazda Australia partnered with EGR group, who have been instrumental in bringing Mazda’s vision to life.

Mazda Australia’s Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi, said the refresh is an important step to take in a highly competitive segment.

“The utility segment is a huge priority in Australia and for Mazda; we’re always looking to improve and enhance our product offering, to remain competitive and appealing to our customers,” said Mr Bhindi.

“This upgrade gives the BT-50 a stronger and tougher bearing, which we know Australians look for in a ute.

The BT-50 will also see a range of features and equipment added across grades. More detail on specific equipment upgrades and pricing will be made available closer to release.

First-ever Ford Performance Ranger Raptor to have a Manufacturer’s List Price from $74,990* ahead of arriving in Australian showrooms in 2018

  • Australians will be able to order a Ford Ranger Raptor in 2018 with genuine Raptor DNA as the new hero model for the Ranger line-up, following its global reveal in Bangkok, Thailand, in February this year
  • The Ranger Raptor answers the calls from Aussies for a Ranger with even more character, individualism and genuine off-road capability, reflecting the broader use of pick-ups beyond traditional workhorse duties to a highly charged, performance vehicle
  • The Ranger Raptor will be introduced following extensive testing at Ford Australia’s You Yangs Proving Ground and in remote locations across the globe, with Australian-based engineers and designers playing a crucial role in its development
  • Ranger Raptor will build on Ford’s truck and pick-up heritage, with roots back to Lewis Bandt’s 1934 Coupe Utility through to the current locally-engineered Ford Ranger line-up, Ford Australia’s most popular model

The first-ever Ford Ranger Raptor is the ultimate expression of the Ford Ranger, and will be available for Australian off-road enthusiasts as a bold entrant in an all-new niche. It will go on sale in 2018 with a Manufacturer’s List Price of $74,990*.

“We’re unbelievably excited and delighted to be able to confirm that the Ranger Raptor is coming to Australia in 2018,” said Graeme Whickman, President and CEO of Ford Australia. “The response to our announcement in September, and the interest from the global reveal back in February to bring it to market at such a sharp price only adds to the anticipation ahead of its arrival in local showrooms,” said Whickman.

The Ranger Raptor will lead the Ranger line-up and be offered in other markets around the world, just as Ranger is offered in more than 180 countries. Ranger Raptor will showcase Australian design and engineering expertise in conjunction with Ford Performance Raptor DNA that builds on Ford’s strong truck heritage.

“Aussies have a passion for performance cars, and an appetite for pick-ups, and the Ranger is a direct response to that,” said Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman. “Our local design and engineering team has worked incredibly hard with Ford Performance on this truly unique program to deliver a product that brings Raptor DNA and meets the needs of Australians who’ve called for such a vehicle.”

Raptor DNA: A force to be reckoned with

The Ford Ranger Raptor is Ford’s first performance pick-up truck for Australia. It comes with exclusive features unique to the pick-up segment, and has been developed to deliver the ultimate performance experience for off-road users, benefitting from locally-led design and engineering at venues across the world including Ford Australia’s You Yangs Proving Ground and Borrego in the USA, where the F-150 Raptor was tested.

The current Ford Ranger is the market leader in 4×4 pick-ups as the best-selling 4×4 pick-up here in 2017. The Ranger Raptor builds on the inherent qualities of the Ford F-Series Raptor, and brings with it the Tough Done Smarter elements that meet Australian buyer’s light commercial needs.

Ranger customers are increasingly using their vehicle for both work and recreational purposes, including off-road drives, and Ranger Raptor raises the bar. Leveraging Ford’s engineering experience in building tough trucks and global engineering expertise in performance vehicles, the Ranger Raptor is an extremely capable off-roader built on customer feedback from Ford’s performance and truck products, both in Australia and around the globe.

Based on the Ranger with its Australian-led engineering and design, the Ranger Raptor has been developed for customers who desire a pick-up truck that delivers an unmistakably unique statement. The Ranger Raptor is made for off-road enthusiasts who appreciate an outdoor lifestyle and seek out the most extreme terrain, demanding an authentic, truly capable vehicle that’s a cut above other off-roaders. Ranger Raptor is the result of this vision.

“It’s clear that there’s an appetite for a performance pick-up, and we’ve worked hard to deliver something that fits the bill as a genuine performance product,” said Graeme Whickman. “The Ranger Raptor is the real deal: its unique engineering and performance aspects make it unlike any other Ranger – or any other truck on sale, for that matter.”

Ranger Raptor: Equipped like no other

The Ford Performance Ranger Raptor will be offered as a single specification, featuring an all-new powertrain, advanced suspension and unmatched capability as the first Ford Performance pick-up offered in Australia.

Ford Performance Raptor DNA begins with the Ranger Raptor’s aggressive stance, headlined by its ‘Ford’ block-letter from grille, HID headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps, and unique front and rear bumpers to build Ranger Raptor’s visual punch. Bolstered by its 33-inch diameter BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres, and flanked by Ranger Raptor-specific heavy-duty side-steps, the Ranger Raptor shows off-road ability from before its turned a wheel.

Underneath the skin, Ranger Raptor’s race-bred long travel suspension with Fox Shox, aluminium upper and lower control arms, heavy duty skid-plates and underbody protection, which – combined with a unique chassis – enables Ranger Raptor to be the most capable off-road Ford Ranger. This includes wider front and rear tracks, greater ride height, increased approach and departure angles, as well as water wading capability that’s enhanced to 850mm^.

The Ranger Raptor will be powered by a new-generation Bi-Turbo diesel producing 157kW/500Nm through a 10-speed automatic with magnesium paddle shifters for high performance capability. The flexibility of the powertrain is further unlocked through the Ranger Raptor’s unique six-mode Terrain Management System (TMS), which includes low- and high-range four-wheel drive and a locking rear-differential. The Ranger Raptor’s TMS introduces Baja mode, which is exclusive to Raptor DNA, and offers the ultimate off-road performance settings.

In addition, Ranger Raptor will introduce a host of convenience features as standard, including smart keyless entry, push-button start as well as a power tailgate lock. SYNC 3 with an 8.0-inch colour touchscreen and standard sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Autoi compatibility is also standard for Ranger Raptor. The Raptor interior also features exclusive leather-accented bucket seats, a unique instrument cluster with its own start-up display behind a Raptor-embossed steering wheel with competition-spec ‘straight ahead’ marking.

Ranger Raptor: building on Ford’s global truck heritage

Ford celebrated 100 years of trucks in 2017, and that expertise has been leveraged for Ranger Raptor. Earning its keep alongside the F-150 Raptor in other markets, the Ranger Raptor meets the stringent demands of Ford’s global truck line while delivering the driver – and passengers – that genuine Raptor DNA.

“This is a fully warranted, factory performance vehicle,” said Ranger Raptor Chief Program Engineer, Damien Ross. “While Raptor DNA calls for extreme performance, the vehicle must meet the regulations, demands and expectations in terms of ownership experience that all of our products are measured by. That’s no mean feat.”

Throughout this rich history, Ford has continuously worked to improve its trucks by listening to owners and developing innovations that improve their ability to get the job done. These innovations give today’s Ford truck owners greater towing and cargo carrying capability, advanced engines for improved efficiency, and driver-assist technologies that make them more convenient to drive and own. Ranger Raptor owners will benefit from this legacy.

The first-ever Ford Performance Ranger Raptor will be on sale in Australia in 2018.


  • Best start to the year in a decade
  • SUV and HiLux sales records three months in a row
  • HiLux and Corolla top respective best-seller charts

Market leader Toyota has passed 50,000 new-vehicle sales in 2018 on the back of three consecutive monthly sales records for HiLux and also for the company’s sports-utility vehicles (SUVs).

Toyota’s first-quarter sales total has exceeded 52,400 vehicles – the best result for the company and its dealers in a decade.

HiLux has extended its lead as Australia’s best-selling vehicle with more than 12,600 deliveries this year, an increase of 22.3 per cent.

Toyota’s SUV tally has risen 26.6 per cent to more than 19,100 vehicles with strong results across its portfolio.

RAV4 has posted six consecutive monthly records and its sales this year have risen 11.8 per cent to 5,573 vehicles – the highest first quarter in its 24-year history in Australia.

LandCruiser wagon sales this year are the strongest since before the 200 Series replaced the 100 Series in 2007.

Other notable 2018 SUV successes include Prado sales up 10.7 per cent, Kluger up 41 per cent and Fortuner 67.3 per cent.

Corolla is Australia’s most in-demand passenger car with sales topping 9,200 vehicles so far this year.

Toyota Australia vice president sales and marketing Sean Hanley said Toyota is the only brand to surpass 50,000 sales in the first quarter of any year.

“Toyota has achieved this level of sales due to our broad range of quality vehicles, the industry’s most extensive dealer network, strong customer-care initiatives and the abiding loyalty and trust shown by our owners,” Mr Hanley said.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport updated for 2018

Mitsubishi Motors Australia (MMAL) has updated its 2018 Pajero Sport with a range of improvements designed to boost its safety, functionality and overall appeal.

Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) become standard features across the Pajero Sport range with the 2018 upgrades.

The 2018 Pajero Sport range will also be expanded to include a new variant – a five-seat version of the mid-spec GLS.  Currently, the entry-level GLX is the only model available with five seats.

Cosmetic changes include new 18-inch alloy wheels on GLX, while the range-topping Exceed gains a tailgate spoiler as a standard feature. All models feature a new soft trim along the console sides, adding to driver and front passenger comfort.

Other upgrades include two new USB ports for second row occupants, in addition to two existing USB outlets in the centre console bin next to a new 150W/220V three pin auxiliary outlet.  The existing 120W accessory socket has been relocated to the rear of the centre console.

The 2018 Pajero Sport range is available at Mitsubishi dealers from 4 April with Recommended Retail Pricing of $45,500 for the GLX, $48,500 for the new GLS 5-seat, $49,500 for the GLS 7-seat and $53,650 for Exceed.

MY18 Pajero Sport updates:

GLX 5-seat:

  • Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • New-design 18-inch alloy wheels
  • 150W/220V AC outlet
  • Two rear seat USB ports (power only)
  • Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirrors
  • Soft-finish side console trim


  • Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • New five-seat GLS variant
  • 150W/220V AC outlet
  • Two rear seat USB ports (power only)
  • Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirrors
  • Soft-finish side console trim
  • Now available in Pitch Black Pearlescent exterior paint


  • Tailgate spoiler
  • 150W/220V AC outlet
  • Two rear seat USB ports (power only)
  • Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirrors
  • Soft-finish side console trim

Mitsubishi releases limited edition Triton Blackline

Mitsubishi Motors Australia has announced a limited edition Triton Blackline model based on its popular 2018 GLS 4×4 Double Cab.

Triton Blackline comes complete with a number of unique styling and specification enhancements to deliver a smart but tough on-and-off-roader.

In addition to the exceptional value-for-money GLS features of Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA), keyless entry and reversing camera, Triton Blackline gains enhancements including Smart Key with One Touch Start, black grille, black exterior handles, black finish 17-inch alloy wheels and black door mirrors.  An exclusive Triton Blackline door decal is also fitted.

Customers can choose from three premium paint colours: Black, Starlight and Titanium.

Available in manual and automatic transmission, the Triton Blackline is currently on sale at Mitsubishi dealers.

Triton Blackline features:

  • Smart Key with One Touch Start
  • Black mesh grille
  • Black exterior handles
  • Black door mirrors
  • Black finish fender flares
  • Black finish side steps
  • Black finish rear step bumper
  • Black finish sports bar
  • Rear differential lock
  • Triton Blackline door decal
  • Tub liner
  • Carpet mat

Recommended Retail Pricing:

Variant Transmission RRP
Triton Blackline 2.4L diesel 4WD Double Cab MT $43,490
Triton Blackline 2.4L diesel 4WD Double Cab AT $45,990

Supercar Beater: Range Rover Sport SVR Sets Tianmen Road Record

Land Rover’s enhanced performance SUV sets new benchmark on Tianmen Road, China

  • New performance SUV beats supercar record for tackling the 99 turns of the world-famous Tianmen Road in China
  • 423kW Range Rover Sport SVR features enhanced V8 supercharged engine, delivering 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds
  • Performance flagship completed epic drive in 9 minutes 51 seconds, beating benchmark of 10 minutes 31 seconds set by a Ferrari 458 Italia
  • Standard production SVR model was piloted by Le Mans class-winner and Panasonic Jaguar Racing reserve and test driver Ho-Pin Tung

An SUV is not meant to outperform a supercar, but that’s exactly what happened when the new Range Rover Sport SVR took on a fearsome mountain road in China.

Land Rover’s performance SUV, driven by Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Ho-Pin Tung, has smashed the record for negotiating the 99 corners of the famous Tianmen Road.

The standard production Range Rover Sport SVR set a new unofficial record of 9 minutes 51 seconds for the 11.3km ascent at an average speed of 68.8km/h, beating the previous best of 10 minutes 31 seconds – set by a Ferrari 458 Italia supercar in 2016.

With 423kW available from its enhanced V8 supercharged engine, the new Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest ever Land Rover and can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 280km/h. The new performance flagship features bold design revisions and increased use of lightweight materials to enhance performance, handling and agility.

Coupled with changes to the chassis, the new SVR delivers more dynamic responses without compromising traditional Range Rover comfort. The engineers at SVO focused on controlling pitch under heavy acceleration and braking, and changes to the damping hardware have improved turn-in, mid-corner grip and body control.

Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Ho-Pin Tung said: “I am used to the high speeds of racing but this was even more demanding. Maintaining concentration was the biggest challenge as the road twists and turns constantly, with huge drop-offs to the side. The consequences of getting it wrong would have been really serious so I focused on establishing a rhythm and the Range Rover Sport SVR made this easy – it may be an SUV but it has the performance and agility of a supercar and can take you to places a supercar can only dream of.”

The optional exposed carbon fibre bonnet is one of the distinctive innovations introduced by the experts at Special Vehicle Operations and features a pair of large air vents to underline its performance potential. A revised front bumper provides enhanced brake and engine cooling while the 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine produces 700Nm of torque.

Inside, new lightweight SVR Performance seats provide superior support and traditional Range Rover luxury with Windsor leather, an embossed SVR logo and a choice of four colour combinations.

The record-breaking ascent is the latest challenge completed by the Range Rover Sport after the PHEV model made the dizzying climb to the iconic Heaven’s Gate natural rock arch at the road’s summit last month. The PHEV made its debut in a race against two-time open-water swimming world champion Keri-anne Payne and endurance athlete Ross Edgley in Devon, UK.

The Range Rover Sport SVR is priced from $238,200.

Holden Colorado Lsx Packs A Stylish Punch And Outstanding Value

  • Colorado LSX boasts 18-inch black alloy wheels, black fender flares and black grille
  • Colorado LSX adds stylish accessory enhancements to already capable performance
  • Accessories designed and developed in Australia

Holden has announced a new addition to the Colorado range with the 2018 Colorado LSX set to go on sale across Australia from mid-March.

First introduced in 2015, Colorado LSX connected with customers thanks to its stylish additions to its already capable and well-appointed donor model, Colorado LS.

Adding to Colorado’s already impressive list of features including a 3.5 tonne towing capacity, impressive payload and ‘shift-on-the-fly’ 4WD, LSX boasts an additional level of the popular, black-out inspired styling. LSX adds 18-inch black alloy wheels, matte black extended sports bar with ‘Colorado’ branded plate inserts, and black front grille.

Elsewhere, there’s muscular black fender flares, soft tonneau cover and an unmistakable ‘Colorado’ branded rear decal.

“We know a lot of our Colorado customers want to make their truck standout from the crowd and accesories are a great way to do that,” said Holden’s Executive Director – Marketing, Mark Harland.

“Colorado LSX combines some of our most striking and impactful accessories – inspired by the 2016 Colorado Xtreme concept car – while maintaining exceptional customer value.”

Colorado LSX 4×4 starts at just $44,990 driveaway* and is available from Holden dealers from 12 March 2018. With just 800 Crew Cab Pickups and 200 Crew Cab Chassis vehicles available, customers are encouraged to visit their local Holden dealer early to avoid disappointment.

Additionally, all Colorado LSX models purchased before 31 March 2018 will be eligible for three years free scheduled servicing, five year warranty and five years roadside assist.

Colorado LSX Crew Cab Pickup includes the following content:

  • 18-inch black alloy wheels (x4)
  • All terrain tyres
  • Fender flares – black
  • Black grille
  • Extended sports bar – matte black
  • ‘Colorado’ branded sports bar plate – matte black
  • Extended sports bar soft tonneau
  • Rear ‘Colorado’ decal

Colorado LSX Crew Cab Chassis includes the following content:

  • 18-inch black alloy wheels (x4)
  • All terrain tyres
  • Fender flares – black
  • Genuine Holden Tray – heavy duty aluminium

Pricing – driveaway:

  • Colorado LSX Crew Cab Pickup (MT)*           $44,990

Pricing – RRP

  • Colorado LSX Crew Cab Pickup (MT)*           $51,945
  • Colorado LSX Crew Cab Chassis (MT)*         $50,055

* Manual price – Auto attracts $2,200 premium

Luxury First: Range Rover SV Coupé Debuts at Geneva Motor Show

  • Land Rover has created the world’s first full-size luxury SUV coupé – a seductive limited-edition two-door Range Rover
  • Beautifully curated interiors set new standards for materials and craftsmanship, with extensive personalisation options for SV Coupé clients
  • 416kW and 700Nm 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 petrol powertrain makes SV Coupé the fastest-ever full-size Range Rover, with 0-100kph in just 5.3 seconds and a 266kph top speed**
  • SV Coupé will be hand-assembled at the SVO Technical Centre in Warwickshire, with no more than 20 examples available in Australia.
  • Prospective Range Rover SV Coupé clients can register their interest now on

Nearly 50 years ago, Land Rover created the luxury SUV sector with the introduction of the Range Rover. Now it’s defining a new genre with the world’s first full-size luxury SUV coupé: the limited-edition two-door Range Rover SV Coupé.

Created by Land Rover Design and Special Vehicle Operations, SV Coupé is an exemplar of Range Rover design, craftsmanship and capability. It features a seductive body allied to the next-generation of cabin luxury – with the peerless all-terrain ability expected from Range Rover. No more than 999 will be hand-crafted by SVO for clients worldwide.

Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover, said: “The Range Rover SV Coupé is a celebration of the Range Rover bloodline. With a dramatic two-door silhouette, this breath-taking four seat coupé alludes to its unique heritage whilst being thoroughly modern and contemporary. Beautifully realised, superbly engineered, the Range Rover SV Coupé delivers the most distinguished, luxurious and exclusive Range Rover ever built.

Beautiful proportions with a powerful stance give SV Coupé unrivalled on-road presence. The signature floating roof, continuous waist and tapering tail are instantly recognizable Range Rover DNA, yet are expressed in a unique way for this exclusive addition to the Range Rover family.

SV Coupé’s purity of line is perfectly complemented by elegant power-close doors with frameless glass. In combination with the panoramic roof, light floods into the cabin, accentuating the relaxed, sophisticated and contemporary ambience.

Carefully curated body colour combinations, including a new Contour Graphic available in four duo-tone colourways, are offset by unique side vent and grille designs. This is also the first Range Rover with a 23-inch wheel option.

Enhanced luxury and exquisite craftsmanship extends inside too, with semi-aniline leather front seats bringing Range Rover’s already premium interior to a new level of luxury: accommodation comparable to private jets and yachts. Their gradated diamond quilt design is unique to SV Coupé.

Each SV Coupé will be hand-assembled to the client’s personal specification by the fastidious experts at the SVO Technical Centre in the UK – a first for Range Rover.

SV Coupé clients can choose from four front-to-rear contrast interior colourways, or a range of single-tone interior colours. Both are complemented by a choice of three elegant wood veneers. A first for Range Rover is Nautica, which carefully balances heritage craftsmanship with new technology, fusing walnut and sycamore together.

Optional paint finishes include Liquesence, which brings a sensational liquid metal finish to Range Rover for the first time.

Additionally, Special Vehicle Operations’ bespoke personalisation team offers SV Coupé clients the opportunity to indulge their desire to create a truly unique vehicle to their exacting taste, granting access to 100 more paint colours, plus unique ‘match to sample’ hues, with a range of finishes; duo-tone front and rear leather colours with a bespoke quilt pattern; contrast stitching; headrest embroidery; door handle and tread plate engraving and semi-precious metal badging.

SV Coupé is also the fastest-ever full-size Range Rover, with a 226kph top speed.  Powered by an exhilarating 416kW 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 petrol powertrain, the most powerful engine ever placed in a full-size Range Rover, means SV Coupé hits 0-100kph in just 5.3 seconds.

The suspension is tuned to provide a more driver-focused edge than the standard Range Rover, with a ride height lowered by 8mm, but will remain composed and comfortable at all times. Plus, the SV Coupé loses none of Range Rover’s legendary all-terrain ability, with 900mm maximum wading depth – and a maximum towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes.

**A maximum of 20 x Range Rover SV Coupés will be coming to Australia. Sales are anticipated to commence in Australia from the Q1, 2019, local pricing will be announced shortly.



With the exception of the bonnet and lower tailgate, all of the two-door SV Coupé’s aluminium exterior panels are new, as are the front and rear bumpers. A new two-part grille features Brunel Metallic rear mesh overlaid with Bright Chrome front mesh and a Satin Indus Silver metal surround, while Bright Chrome/Black Knurled Range Rover bonnet and tailgate script is handcrafted in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter.

Noble Chrome metal side vents with Brunel Metallic mesh and Satin Indus Silver metal surrounds complement frameless doors with Power Close functionality and Bright Chrome embellished body colour door handles.

Pixel-laser LED headlights with 144 LEDs and four laser diodes (market dependent fitment) provide five times higher luminance than standard LED lights on Laser Supplementary High Beam – over 500m, operational above 80kph when no other lights are detected.


Eight body colours are available, in gloss or satin effects, four offered for the first time on Range Rover: Constellation, Parallax, Liquesence and Obsidian; and four from the SV Premium Palette: Ethereal, Flux, Valloire, and Desire. The Liquesence option brings liquid metal finish to Range Rover for the first time. SV Coupé clients can also specify one of four exclusive duo-tone gloss Contour Graphic options: Valloire/Flux, Valloire/Ethereal, Parallax/Ethereal, Obsidian/Desire.

Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover said: “Accentuating Range Rover SV Coupé’s proportions, and available as a unique feature for the first time, the new Contour Graphic is created by applying a contrasting paint to the flanks of the vehicle. Starting at the side vent, it flows rearwards and around to the opposite vent, and offers customers the opportunity to further personalise their specification.”

16 optional SV Premium Palette colours include a range of finishes including tri-coat, tinted clear coat, pearlescent, ChromaFlairTM and satin matte finishes. And, further colours are available as part of Special Vehicle Operations’ bespoke personalisation service offered exclusively at Range Rover SV Coupé commissioning events or by appointment at the SVO Technical Centre in Warwickshire, UK.

Stunning to the eye, sumptuous to the touch, SV Coupé’s interior is a light, contemporary, space where attention to detail has been paramount. Four curated duo-tone colourways, contrasting light to dark, front to rear include Orchid/Eclipse, Orchid/Vintage Tan, Brogue/Ebony and Cirrus/Lunar, while four single-tone colours are also available: Ebony, Lunar, Eclipse and Vintage Tan.

The heated and cooled 20-way electrically adjustable front and 10-way electrically adjustable rear seats, wrapped in specially selected semi-aniline leather from a single tannery established in 1905, feature a unique gradated diamond quilt design. Concurrent with the latest Range Rover line, SV Coupé has wider, deeper seat foams and specially developed interlayers for world-class comfort.

Nautica veneer – a first for Range Rover – combining heritage craftsmanship with a patented new form-following process to fuse walnut and sycamore together, joins three elegant wood veneer options for the steering wheel rim, door casings, centre console, instrument panel and loadspace floor: Nautica, Natural Black Ash and Santos Palisander.

InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment includes a 10-inch display, 10-inch control panel and 12-inch Interactive Driver Display, while a 10-inch full-colour Head-Up Display shows turn information including street names, slope and wheel information, cruise control, RPM and gear information. The 1700w, 23-speaker, Meridian 3D Signature Sound System with dual-channel subwoofer features Trifield 3D technology for optimum sound quality.

SV Coupé features Range Rover’s most powerful 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 petrol powertrain producing 416kW, 700Nm, mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with rotary drive selector and paddle-shift. That delivers a 0-100kph time of just 5.3 seconds and a 266kph top speed.

Permanent four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer box and Active Locking Rear Differential ensures effortless go-anywhere progress, assisted by Terrain Response 2 featuring Dynamic, Eco, Comfort, Grass Gravel Snow, Mud and Ruts, Sand and Rock Crawl programmes.

SV Coupé’s ride height is lowered by 8mm over the standard Range Rover, to deliver enhanced dynamic performance and aesthetics and automatically lowers by 15mm at cruising speeds of 65mph or above to enhance stability and minimise fuel consumption.

Its five air suspension height settings include: Access Height (-50mm max below normal ride height), Off-Road 1 Ride Height (+40mm max above normal ride height, up to 80kph), Off-Road 2 Ride Height (+75mm max above normal ride height, up to 50kph) – additional 30-40mm automatic increase if obstacle detected, and a further manually selectable 30-40mm increase above that.

Four alloy wheel options from 21-inch to 23-inch include two new forged wheels – the 23-inch wheel, a two-tone silver polished six split-spoke design with 275/40 R23 all-terrain tyres, is a first for Range Rover. The 22-inch dark grey polished five split-spoke with polished finish is also new.




Engine capacity (cc)



V8 Supercharged petrol

Power KW


Torque Nm / lb ft



8-speed automatic, Permanent All-Wheel Drive, two-speed transfer box


Front and rear suspension

Front: independent, SLA with twin lower links with air springs / Adaptive Damping / Dynamic Response
Rear: independent, Integral link with air springs/ Adaptive Damping / Dynamic Response

Front brakes

380mm ventilated discs

Rear brakes

365mm ventilated discs


275/45 R21, 275/40 R22 or 275/40 R23


Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) rack and pinion


Length (mm)


Width inc. / exc. mirrors (mm)

2,220 / 2,073

Height with antenna (mm)


Deep Fording – Drive through depth


Approach angle at Off Road Height (deg)


Breakover angle at Off Road Height (deg)


Departure angle at Off Road Height (deg)


Ground clearance


Towing capability (Maximum Permissible Mass)

3500kg – with Advanced Tow Assist


0-60mph (sec)


0-100km/h (sec)


Top speed ( km/h)


Fuel consumption -combined (l/100km)


**All figures are manufacturer’s targets and subject to final confirmation ahead of production

Land Rover the Big Improver in Roy Morgan Survey

  • Land Rover records a huge 5.5% jump in Customer Satisfaction Rankings YoY
  • Land Rover shows the biggest increase of the top 10 brands
  • High levels of support and enthusiasm for the Land Rover brand

Land Rover has emerged as the big improver of the past year in the annual Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards automotive segment.

The British brand finished fourth in the overall class rankings with a 95.4 per cent satisfaction rating, less than two percentage points behind the winner.

Land Rover recorded an impressive 5.5 per cent jump in its rankings compared to the previous year, the biggest increase of any in the top 10 automotive brands and a huge improvement on last year’s 20th-placed finish.

Commenting on the award results, Land Rover Australia Managing Director, Matthew Wiesner, said he was thrilled with the brand’s impressive advance in the customer satisfaction ratings year on year.

“The Roy Morgan survey ratings are different to others because the results are based purely on what consumers are saying about our brand. These latest numbers show that there is obviously a lot of enthusiasm and support for the Land Rover name in Australia,” Mr Wiesner said.

Roy Morgan’s Customer Satisfaction Survey is unique in its execution. Companies cannot apply to be surveyed or enter the award process and brands are only considered to be in the running if enough of the 50,000 surveyed consumers express their satisfaction with the product.

The latest Roy Morgan survey results cap a good year for Land Rover Australia. Last year new Land Rover Discovery SD4 won 4X4 Australia magazine’s 4X4 of the Year award named the fifth-generation Discovery its 2017 Car of the Year after the judging team included it as a wildcard entry.

This year Land Rover Australia will introduce not only a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) variant of its popular Range Rover Sport but also the limited edition Range Rover SV Coupé, of which only 999 have been made for the world.

Roy Morgan Industry Communications Director, Norman Morris, said his company’s Car Manufacturer Satisfaction Award has become a prestigious prize in the industry and the results widely publicised.
“In this highly competitive industry, where all car manufacturers are endeavouring to improve their satisfaction rating, there is very little now between the major competitors with only 3.1 percentage points

separating the top 10 performers,” Mr. Morris said.
“Satisfaction in this market is not directly correlated with price but appears to be more linked to perceived value and expectations,” he added.


  • Local talent makes Australia’s best-selling vehicle even better
  • Developed to meet the toughest demands of Australian buyers
  • Components fully integrated and tested with the vehicle

Toyota’s three new “halo” HiLux variants due in April this year have a strong Aussie accent due to an extensive development program carried out by the company’s Melbourne-based designers and engineers.

Aimed at off-road enthusiasts, the comprehensive upgrades that result in the new HiLux Rugged and Rugged X variants were designed, engineered and validated in Australia with support from the parent company in Japan and Toyota in Thailand.

The development program involved computer simulations, prototype manufacture, bench testing and real-world evaluation to confirm strength and durability of the vehicle and individual components.

Heading the new models, HiLux Rugged X lives up to its name by incorporating a high-tensile alloy bash plate, winch-compatible steel front bar, LED driving lights, recovery points, rock rails, load-carrying sports bar and other heavy-duty components.

It is joined by HiLux Rugged, which is focused on toughness and off-road performance. It provides enthusiasts with an ideal vehicle for getting off the beaten track that its aggressive front-end design, including a steel bull bar.

A third new model, the premium and sporty HiLux Rogue was styled by the Australian design team and developed in close collaboration with Toyota engineers in Thailand.

The dynamic and recreational styling of the Rogue is tailored to many markets around the world – another example of the strong capability that exists within Toyota’s local operation.

Toyota Australia’s product planning and development general manager Rod Ferguson said the HiLux project highlighted the local team’s capability to develop engaging models that address the specific requirements of Australian buyers.

“Our team understands local customer usage and tastes, the extremes of our local environment as well as requirements for off-road use, unsealed roads and the challenges of dust and water crossings,” Mr Ferguson said.

“They have developed these high-strength components and integrated them fully to build on the strength and durability of HiLux while maintaining the performance of key safety systems,” he said.

“For example, the Rugged X bash plate is made from high-tensile alloy, significantly improving protection from rugged terrain while minimising weight increase. Local engineering and testing also ensures it works in conjunction with the steel front bar and existing underbody protection.”

Mr Ferguson said the project was a logical extension of the local team’s work in producing the HiLux Tonka concept, unveiled in March last year.

He said the new models also benefited from the Australian team’s extensive involvement in developing the current-generation HiLux, including suspension, underbody protection, tuning of electronic safety systems and 650,000km of local testing.

“It was natural for our team to focus on HiLux: it’s Australia’s best-selling vehicle and owners customise their HiLux more than any other model in our range.

“In the spirit of the concept car, we’ve further enhanced the off-road toughness of the already highly capable HiLux.

“Australian buyers will also appreciate the peace-of-mind knowing that these new vehicles have been developed to Toyota’s rigorous standards, will be certified to Australian Design Rules and attract full warranty coverage,” Mr Ferguson said.

Great Wall Motors Australia has added a single cab model to its Steed range

Starting from just $18,990 driveaway for ABN holders, the Steed Single Cab will offer Australian customers a proven work tool for the lowest possible price.

“Since we re-launched the Steed nameplate in 2016, we have received strong demand from dealers and customers for the return of the single cab version,” said Great Wall Motors Australia Chief Marketing Officer Tim Smith.

“With a mix of toughness, reliability and value for money, the single cab has always been a popular member of the Great Wall family. At its peak in 2012, the single cab version accounted for 55 per cent of all Great Wall utility sales,” he said.

“Due to the popularity of the Steed Single Cab for small businesses, we are offering driveaway pricing for ABN holders starting at $18,990 for the 4×2 version.”

The 2018 Great Wall Steed Single Cab will be available in two specifications – 4×2 and 4×4. Both will use the same 2.0-litre diesel engine found in the dual cab version, delivering 110kW and 310Nm through a six-speed manual transmission.

The single cab version will come standard with dual airbags, ABS brakes, Bosch ESP stability control, hill hold control and tyre pressure monitoring.

The Steed Single Cab boasts an 1198kg payload, while maximum towing tops out at 1700 kilograms.

It comes complete with a locally manufactured aluminium tray, measuring 2400mm long by 1777mm wide with drop sides for easy access.

Inside, the Steed single cab features comfortable but durable cloth fabric seats, air-conditioning and an auto-dimming rear vision mirror.

The Steed Single Cab is now available in Great Wall dealerships around Australia and comes with a three-year, 100,000 kilometre warranty, three-years’ roadside assist and three years’ service price menu.

Range Rover Sport PHEV is First SUV to Climb to Heaven’s Gate

  • Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) performance SUV climbs towering 45-degree, 999-step staircase in world-first Dragon Road challenge
  • Range Rover Sport PHEV shows it’s dynamic breadth of capability on one of the world’s most challenging driving roads before tackling the epic climb to Heaven’s Gate rock arch in China
  • 404PS Range Rover Sport combines Ingenium petrol power with battery technology for supreme efficiency and performance – plus zero-emissions capability
  • P400e model was piloted by Le Mans class-winner and Panasonic Jaguar Racing reserve and test driver Ho-Pin Tung

A dizzying 99 turns and 999 daunting steps didn’t stop the new Range Rover Sport PHEV from completing a world-first at one of China’s most famous landmarks. The petrol-electric performance SUV has become the first vehicle to climb the stairs to the natural rock arch of Heaven’s Gate.

The challenge began at the bottom of the legendary 11.3km Tianmen Mountain Road (known as the Dragon Road).  The showroom standard Range Rover Sport P400e took on the demanding course, with Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Ho-Pin Tung behind the wheel and the Terrain Response 2 system in Dynamic mode.

At the summit of the road, the Formula E driver optimised Terrain Response for the second part of the challenge, conquering the towering 45-degree staircase of 999 steps leading to China’s legendary Heaven’s Gate using a combination of Ingenium petrol and electric battery power.

Ho-Pin Tung said: “I’ve experienced Formula E, Formula 1 and won at the 24 Hours of Le Mans but this was without doubt one of the most demanding driving challenges I’ve ever faced. The Range Rover Sport PHEV performed brilliantly as it inspired real confidence on the mountain road and climbed the stairs up to Heaven’s Gate effortlessly.”

The new PHEV powertrain gives the Range Rover Sport a zero-emission EV range of up to 50km when fully charged but Ho-Pin Tung used its advanced 221kW Ingenium petrol engine and 85kW electric motor to make short work of the road section of the challenge. The performance SUV then showed its uncompromised all-terrain credentials by climbing the steep staircase to the natural rock arch.

Phil Jones, Land Rover Experience expert, said: “This was the hardest Range Rover Sport challenge I’ve ever been involved with because, until we reached the top, we couldn’t categorically say we would succeed. By making it to the summit, we’ve proven the phenomenal capability of the Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid like never before – with a genuine world first.”

The Dragon Challenge is the latest in a series of adventures completed by the Range Rover Sport after the PHEV model made its debut in a race against two-time open-water swimming world champion Keri-anne Payne and endurance athlete Ross Edgley in Devon, UK.

Previous exploits include a record-setting hill-climb at Pikes Peak, USA, a record crossing of the ‘Empty Quarter’ desert in the Arabian Peninsula and a 2,170m descent of the legendary Inferno downhill course in Mürren, Switzerland.

Ford Unleashes First-Ever Ranger Raptor; Off-Road Pickup Loaded with Ford Performance DNA

    • Setting a new benchmark in off-road pickup capability, the first-ever Ranger Raptor has been designed to combine Ford Performance DNA with Ranger’s renowned toughness and engineering capabilityRan
    • ger Raptor includes standard front and rear Fox Racing Shox shock absorbers to help travel at high speeds off-road and includes increased ride height, wider track and improved approach and departure angles that ensure extreme off-road capability and stability
    • Innovative all-new Watt’s linkage rear suspension with coilover rear springs helps ensure  rear axle lateral stability off-road while also improving ride and handling
    • New powertrain combination of a 2.0L Bi-Turbo diesel engine and 10-speed transimission has proven durability through extensive testing, offering smooth torque and power through independent turbos and closer gear ratios over a wider overall span
    • Ranger Raptor has been tested in the world’s toughest conditions to ensure an unrivalled off-road package is offered to astonish and excite drivers

The first-ever Ranger Raptor, Ford’s latest off-road, performance pick-up truck, blasted out from behind its camouflage during a reveal event in Thailand today.

The ultimate Ranger is purposefully designed, built and tested to set a benchmark as the only factory-built performance truck across Asia Pacific. Designed by Ford Performance team for the true enthusiast off-roader, Ford Ranger Raptor strengthens Ford’s commitment to deliver high performance pickup trucks to our customers.

“We are so excited and proud to unleash this vehicle to the public, driving it really makes you feel like a hero,” said Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, Ford Performance. “The Ford Performance team is excited to extend the Raptor name from our flagship off-road performance F-150 to Ranger. Just like the F-150 Raptor, the Ranger Raptor builds upon the core capability of the range of vehicles it comes from and carries the unmistakable Ford Performance DNA appearance.”

Bold Design

The Ranger Raptor features distinctive design cues inside and out that are functionally driven.

At the front, a stunning new grille takes styling cues from the world’s first factory-built high performance off road truck, the F-150 Raptor. The iconic block FORD lettering proudly positioned within the grille design is unmistakable when emerging from a dust cloud.

A frame mounted front-bumper system is designed to offer desert durability performance and a distinctive presence. The front bumper also includes new LED fog lamps with functional air-curtain ducts, which help to reduce air resistance of the body.

Using composite materials, the front fenders not only look tough, but resist dents and dings often associated with off-road usage. The flared shape of the fenders are required for the long travel suspension and oversized tires. The exterior color palate offerings include Lightning Blue, Race Red, Shadow Black, Frozen White, as well as a unique Hero color for the Ranger Raptor, Conquer Grey. Contrasting Dyno Grey accents helps to accentuate the vehicle’s look even further.

Vehicle stance is noticeably bigger from every angle, standing at an impressive 1873mm tall, 2180mm wide and 5398mm long, with wider front and rear tracks at 1710mm. Ground clearance is increased to 283mm, while the approach angle of 32.5°, ramp over angle of 24°, and departure angle of 24° as a package are superior to anything seen before.

Starting from the ground up, the side steps are a cut above the rest. The step boards were designed specifically to prevent rock spray from hitting the rear of the truck and the holes have been designed to drain sand, mud and snow. The tough high-strength aluminium alloy die-cast main step board is designed for durability, undergoing testing which includes a load of 100kg being applied 84,000 times to simulate over 10 years in the field. A two-stage coating process involves the main step board firstly being powder-coated, before then having a robust grit-paint applied which results in a tough appearance that is also highly durable – scuff, scratch, stain-resistant with superior resistance to environmental weathering.

At the rear, a modified rear bumper comes with an integrated tow bar and two recovery hooks rated at 3.8 tonnes. Updated styling to the rear includes flush sensor bezels and specially packaged and styled tow connectors. Providing an abundance of space, the 1560mm x 1743mm tray has been designed with the weekend explorer in mind, while the 2500kg towing capacity also accounts for dirt bikes or jet-skis, as well as traditional work needs during the week.

Inside, Ranger Raptor offers a tailored Ford Performance DNA interior design with a high level of craftsmanship, harmonious colours and durable materials suitable for both off-road driving and everyday use. The seats are specially designed for off-road high speed performance support, allowing the driver to engage in enthusiastic handling, while also providing superior on-road comfort. The use of technical suede on the seats for additional occupant grip shows the practicality behind the material choice.

Multiple long-distance drive events were staged to gauge just how the seats perform over an extended period of time, both on highways and off-road tracks to simulate customer usage. The dual hardness cushion ticked all the boxes, providing superior lateral support and reduced feel of any chassis vibration. This is achieved by a modified structure, using bolsters on the seat back for greater support.

When getting behind the wheel, Ranger Raptor drivers will notice the detailed cockpit differences everywhere they look, including the blue stitching and leather accents. The cluster has aggressive styling, encompassing a host of Driver Assist features. The steering wheel is distinctively different; new Raptor DNA lightweight magnesium paddle shifters for crisp gear changing are easily accessible near the perforated leather hand grip sections on the rim for precision off-road shifting when you really need it.

Ford Performance DNA has played a significant role in the purposeful styling, including the ‘On-centre’ marker – a red stripe at the top-middle of the wheel to let you know where the centre is when operating the vehicle at high speed. The steering wheel is finished off with the Raptor logo debossed into the spoke bezel.

Chassis, Brakes and Suspension

The Ranger Raptor’s chassis frame is a unique frame that is  designed for the vehicle to travel at high speeds off road and endure the punishment that off road racing provides.

Ranger Raptor’s innovative new coilover rear suspension uses a Watt’s link setup with solid rear axle to provide superior lateral control off-road while also helping improve ride and handling.

The frame design incorporates new geometry for the large suspension, providing the Raptor DNA increased track and wheel travel. Built to withstand high-impact off-road events, Ranger Raptor’s frame consists of various grades of high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steel. The stiffened side-rails are made from increased HSLA grade steel to absorb off-road high speed impacts.

The front accommodates strengthened protruding shock absorber towers, while a new bespoke coilover rear suspension with an integrated Watt’s linkage allows the axle to move up and down with very little lateral movement. Two recovery hooks rated at 4.5 tonnes can be found at the front, plus reinforced spare tyre mounting cross-members for the larger 17-inch Raptor rims.

The braking system on the Ranger Raptor offers extreme stopping power through new and bespoke components. At the front, twin-piston calipers have been increased by 9.5mm in diameter, while the ventilated rotors are an impressive 332 x 32mm in size. At the rear, Ranger Raptor comes with disc brakes with a brake actuation master cylinder and booster to increase braking performance. The 332 x 24mm rear rotor is ventilated and coupled with a new 54mm caliper.

“The standout experience of the Ranger Raptor, hands down, is how far you can push it off-road versus any other available production road vehicle in our markets, and still ride like a millionaire on-road,” said Damien Ross, Chief Program Engineer, Ranger Raptor, Ford Motor Company.

“Everything about the Ranger Raptor builds on the already outstanding sophisticated feel and functional capability of the Ranger, and then goes further. From a driving dynamic fun standpoint, it is really an exceptionally special vehicle.”

Raptor’s race-bred suspension has been specifically crafted to tackle undulating terrain at high-speed while remaining in complete control and comfort. The Position Sensitive Damping (PSD) shock absorbers (dampers) provide higher damping forces at full jounce and rebound to enable better off-road capabilities, and lower damping forces in the mid-travel zone for a class leading plush ride during on-road trips. These settings are truly calibrated for the best of both worlds.

The dampers are exclusively manufactured by Fox Racing Shox with 46.6mm piston for front and rear. Designed for off-road endurance terrain, the dampers, coupled with the long travel suspension, allow for an unsurpassed damping performance off-road and a plushest of rides on-road thanks to Internal Bypass technology.

Holding them in place are the forged aluminium upper arms and cast aluminium lower arms to facilitate greater suspension travel and optimized for performance and extreme off-road durability.

Hit the Beaten Track
Given the unforgiving terrain Ranger Raptor has been developed for, it needed an aggressive set of tyres to keep it stable on and off-road. All-terrain BF Goodrich 285/70 R17 tyres have been specially developed for the Ranger Raptor. Holding a strong presence, each tyre measures 838mm in diameter and 285mm in width. The design offers a tough sidewall to take on all environments with confidence, a super grippy tread to extend owners’ adventure time on and off-road and an aggressive off-road tread pattern which provides grip in wet, mud, sand and snow conditions.

Ranger Raptor also comes with unique underbody protection to deflect off-road obstacles. The new bash plate is made from 2.3mm thick high-strength steel and meets enhanced capabilities for strength inline with Ford Performance requirements. The silver finished guard allows clearance to the dual front recovery hooks. Working together with the existing engine and transfer case undershields, the three elements provide protection to components such as the radiator, Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD), front cross-member, engine sump and front differential.

Tuned for all Terrains

Ranger Raptor comes with a Terrain Management System (TMS) offering six modes for various driving experiences, which can be selected via a dedicated five-button switch located on the steering wheel. Each mode has been calibrated to offer the best possible combination of technologies working in unison to tackle the chosen terrain or driving style with aplomb. These include:

On-road modes

    • Normal mode – Emphasising comfort, fuel economy and driveability
  • Sport mode – Responsive for spirited on-road driving. This means fast, crisp gear shifts at higher engine speeds to aid throttle response. The mapping reacts to increased demand inputs from the driver by holding gears longer and downshifting more aggressively.

Off-road modes

    • Grass/Gravel/Snow mode – Designed to inspire safe and confident driving on off-road slippery and uneven surfaces. This is done through smoother gear shifts and second-gear starts, minimizing the probability of wheel slip.
    • Mud/Sand mode – Vehicle responsiveness is tuned for optimum traction and momentum in deep, deformable surfaces like loose sand and mud. This is achieved by maintaining lower gears with high torque.
    • Rock mode – Used specifically for low-speed rocky terrain where smooth controllability is key.
  • Baja mode – Vehicle responsiveness is tuned for high-speed off-road performance, just like drivers need in the famous Baja Desert Rally. In this mode, vehicle systems like Traction Control are pared back in terms of intervention to allow spirited off-road driving without fighting the vehicle’s on-board systems. Gear selection is optimized for maximum performance, and the mapping will hold gears longer and downshift more aggressively.

Power to Move You

The Ranger Raptor powertrain features cutting edge technology to offer more power and torque, better fuel economy, less weight and with off-road specific calibrations for engine, transmission, driveline, steering, brakes and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system.

In a revolutionary move to deliver incredible performance and responsiveness, a 10-Speed  transmission is combined with a new 2.0L Bi-Turbo diesel engine in the Ranger Raptor to deliver a maximum of 213PS (157kW) of power and 500Nm of torque.

Ford engineers have tested the new powertrain extensively in order to prove out durability.

This testing includes running a ‘thermo cycle’ on the engine, heating both turbos to the point of glowing red for 200 hours non-stop. It can withstand this torture thanks to the turbo bearings and low-pressure (LP) turbo being water cooled to reduce temperature, avoid over-heating and protect the air induction components.

Working as a team, the smaller, high-pressure (HP) turbo is connected in a sequence to the larger, LP turbo and is controlled with by-pass valves that determine the operating mode depending on engine speed. At lower engine speeds, the two turbos work in series, enhancing torque and responsiveness, while at higher engine speeds, the small HP turbo is bypassed, and the higher LP turbo provides boost to deliver more power.

The Ford-designed and Ford-built 10-speed automatic transmission is shared with the F-150 Raptor and has been created with high-strength steel, aluminium alloys and composites to optimize durability and weight. Having 10 gears means a wider ratio-span resulting in better acceleration and responsiveness. With more room to optimize gear spacing, engineers could customize gear progression far more efficiently than before, providing more accurate – and quicker – upshift and downshift capability.

The all-new electronic system features real-time adaptive shift-scheduling algorithms engineered to help ensure the right gear is selected at the right time. A unique transmission calibration also includes a ‘Live in Drive’ function, meaning that the paddle shifters are always available for manual gear selection override.

Practical Technology at Hand

Ranger Raptor comes with a host of advanced Driver Assist Technologies (DATs) at the push of a button which are not just cutting edge, but genuinely practical for everyday use.

Leading the way in connectivity, SYNCÒ 3 is a fully integrated, voice activation system that lets the driver use their favourite devices while their hands stay on the wheel and eyes on the road. The Satellite Navigation System comes into its own when off-roading in remote areas, even offering a ‘breadcrumb’ feature to leave a trail when entering unchartered areas – perfect for the serious off-roader.

High levels of active and passive safety have been designed-in from the outset, including the improved Ford Stability Control incorporating Roll Mitigation Function.

Ford’s comprehensive Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system is also there to help in difficult cornering and braking situations. The impressive technology suite includes Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Load Adaptive Control (LAC).

The rear view camera displayed on the eight-inch colour LCD screen matched with the rear parking sensors gives drivers the utmost confidence when parking anywhere.

For convenient access, an EZ Lift Tailgate uses a new rod assembly to give the owner a 66 percent reduction in initial lift force. Intelligent Access, also known as passive entry, allows the owner to unlock, lock and start the vehicle without having to reach for their keys. Using a radio frequency signal, the key fob allows the owner to start the vehicle with a press of a button, and is able to activate central locking for the doors and the tailgate. In the case of a depleted battery, a mechanical key blade is incorporated into the fob design.

An Exhilarating Driving Experience

Inheriting vital capability from the truly successful Ranger and complementing that with DNA from the F-150 Raptor, the Ranger Raptor is set to turn heads throughout Australia and around the world.

“It is amazing to enable this level of performance and create a vehicle that can provide off-road enthusiasts such an adrenaline rush,” said Hameedi.

“It really is like a motocross bike, snowmobile and an ATV rolled up into a pickup truck – it’s an incredible, awesome experience!”

The Ford Ranger Raptor will be produced in Ford Thailand Manufacturing (FTM) using Ford’s latest state of the art manufacturing techniques and facilities.

Outback Adds New Tech and Spec

Subaru’s Model Year 2018 Outback wagon debuts this month with a fresh new look and a suite of Vision Assist features in premium variants that add to its All-Wheel Drive edge.

Outback features redesigned front bumper, grille, headlights, wing mirrors and wheel patterns.

And there are exciting technical changes too: front and side view monitors on premium variants ensure the updated look is matched with the latest technology, including the new generation touchscreen audio unit.

The tablet-type central display features Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto technology.

The third generation EyeSight® Driver Assist system adds Lane Keep Assist.

Stylish cabin changes are made to the steering wheel, air conditioning panel and vents, and stitching is added to the instrument panel, adding to the high quality finish.

The 2.5-litre engine, suspension and transmission are refined for greater response, efficiency and driving pleasure too.

Despite the significant changes, entry-level pricing remains the same as the superseded model at $36,240 Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP)* for Outback 2.5i and $38,740 MLP for the 2.0D (diesel).

Subaru Australia Managing Director, Colin Christie, said: “Outback sold 11,340 in 2017 and has been a consistent best-seller for us in the current generation, so we think the latest long list of refinements will only add to its appeal in the SUV space.

“The upgrades across every key area underline our commitment to value for our customers, together with the durability, engineering and, of course, safety, for which Subaru is renowned.”

As with the entire Subaru range, Outback maintains a five-star rating for occupant safety from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

The refreshed front end includes:

  • Revised grille design
  • Revised front bumper design
  • New wing mirror design with improved aerodynamics and noise reduction
    • Stems shortened by 20 mm
    • New LED indicator offers greater visibility to other vehicles

Rugged and stylish new alloy wheel designs feature across all variants (17-inch Outback 2.0D. All others 18-inch).
New colours are:

  • Crimson Red Pearl
  • Wilderness Green Metallic

New design LED high and low beam headlights in Outback 2.5i Premium, 3.6R and 2.0D Premium are integrated with Steering Responsive Headlight (SRH) and the Adaptive Driving Beam (ADB) functions.

The bi-functional LED lights allow switching between high and low beam with a single bulb.

The LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) are integrated into the headlights, matching the C-shaped design, making the vehicle instantly recognizable on-road as a Subaru.


The larger centre dashboard panel has a classy flat face, with high gloss black surrounds and silver frame, producing the appearance of a large tablet device.

The larger 8-inch head unit (in 2.5i Premium, 3.6R and 2.0D Premium variants) includes a bigger screen, improved operability and further enhanced infotainment – contributing to a more advanced and engaging cabin interior.

Extra instrument panel stitching, plus high gloss black panels in strategic, high visibility locations, also enhance the look.

The newly designed steering wheel has a solid, sporty look.

For added convenience, two additional USB ports are located in the back of the centre console, easily accessible by rear seat passengers.

Hyundai Motor reveals first images of new generation Santa Fe

  • The new fourth generation Santa Fe is an elegant SUV with premium design
  • Hyundai Motor’s large SUV connects with the new SUV family appearance and features an expressive and powerful front
  • Innovative safety features underline Hyundai Motor’s approach to making advanced technology more accessible

Hyundai Motor unveils its first images of the new generation Santa Fe which will celebrate its world premiere in February 2018. The fourth generation Santa Fe is a powerful, premium-design, and continues Hyundai’s strong SUV heritage.

The Santa Fe displays a modern and elegant appearance complemented by eye-catching twin headlights and the Cascading Grille, Hyundai’s SUV-family identity. The exterior design is characterised by a powerful wide stance and an athletic, bold look. It features refined lines that reinforce the car’s status at the top of Hyundai’s SUV line-up. The Santa Fe interior design combines premium quality with a horizontal and roomy layout and enhanced visibility.

Its exterior dimensions make the new generation Santa Fe appear even more prominent. With a length of 4,770mm, a width of 1,890mm and a longer wheelbase, it also provides more comfort for its passengers.

As part of its SmartSense technology, the new Santa Fe offers a comprehensive package of Hyundai’s latest active safety features, making advanced technology affordable. Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist is a Hyundai first. When reversing out of areas with low visibility, the system not only warns the driver if vehicles approach from the side – it also applies the brakes automatically. The Safety Exit Assist prevents accidents when vehicles approach from behind by temporarily locking the doors, so that passengers will exit the car safely.

Further details of new generation Santa Fe will be disclosed at the world premiere in February, ahead of its Australian market launch around the middle of this year.

MU-X wins again with fourth OzRoamer award!

The Isuzu MU-X LS-T has again been awarded the Best 7 Seat 4WD under $60,000 by OzRoamer Magazine. Widely regarded as the industry’s most comprehensive review of the 4WD and AWD SUV’s in the Australian market, OzRoamer’s annual Car of the Year awards are based on a number of reader research surveys and input from other automotive influences including Dealers, Manufacturer Product Planners and Communications Managers.

With SUV’s accounting for almost 40% of the new vehicle market last year, a thorough buyers guide and considered awards process to help consumers navigate the market has never been more pertinent.

Now in its 7th year, these awards are specifically aimed at helping consumers make educated buying decisions. Having won the top gong for 3 consecutive years (2013, 2014 and 2015) in this segment, Isuzu UTE Australia are delighted to be back at the top of the list thanks to the ‘new-look, pumped-up, 3 litre, 430Nm, 6-speed Isuzu MU-X’ launched in May 2017.

Editor in Chief of OzRoamer Rob Fraser attributed the vehicle’s success to a number of components: “The competitive advantage that the Isuzu MU-X has always had is its stylish good looks, exemplary road manners, rugged off road capability, outstanding reliability, durability, longevity and renowned value for money.”

“The Isuzu MU-X LS-T is now a four times winner of this category. It remains the best balanced of all the Ute based 4wd wagons,” he concluded.

The stylish new-look model has an extensively refined interior and exterior complemented by an impressive array of safety features and thanks to the abundance of low-down torque provided by the new powertrain, the MU-X makes for a confident towing partner but is equally at home offroad, with impressive ground clearance, affording these models true rugged off-road performance.

“We are particularly proud of the success of the MU-X in an extremely competitive market.” commented IUA Managing Director, Mr. Hiro Kuramoto. “We are excited to see that our updated models have really hit the mark with our consumers.”

“Customer satisfaction and loyalty is the key to our ongoing success,” he continued “with many happy owners now transitioning into a newer model as well as increasing numbers of new customers being referred. This award is testament to the quality of the product, and reconfirms our reputation for performance, dependability and value.”

So, if you’re looking for a new vehicle, look no further than the Isuzu MU-X. Rob Fraser sums it up nicely, saying “If you are looking for a robust, honest, durable, reliable 4WD or tow vehicle you would find it hard to pass the MU-X LS-T over.”

To read the full review, please click HERE.

Land Rover’s New From The Ground Discovery Has Won The 2018 4×4 Of The Year Award, In SD4 Guise

  • New Land Rover Discovery SD4 wins the 2018 4X4 Australia’s 4X4 Of The Year Award
  • New Ingenium SD4 wins praise from judges
  • The new Discovery is a full-sized, three row, seven seat SUV with unbeatable capability and versatility
  • Lightweight aluminium construction saves 480kg, delivering enhanced efficiency and CO2 emissions from 166g/km

Land Rover’s new Discovery has taken out the 4X4 Of The Year Award at the 2018 Australian Motoring Awards last night.

The annual 4X4OTY award involves rigorous testing of the best all-new or significantly revised four-wheel drives from the last 12 months. This year the week-long 4X4OTY test procedure involved set-piece off-road, rocky trail driving, general long-distance touring on a variety of roads, seating tests, including the third-row where fitted, and under-bonnet and load-area inspections.

The new Discovery, tested in SD4 HSE specification, outperformed competition from Jeep, Mercedes-Benz, Isuzu and Haval, impressing the judges with its engine performance and weight reduction and overall ability.

Judges independently scored each vehicle against a set list of criteria – value for money, breaking new ground, built tough, bushability and doing the job it’s designed to do – and after the votes were tallied, the SD4 narrowly clinched victory.

Fraser Stronach, 4×4 Australia commented “Amazingly, despite being a four-cylinder of just two litres capacity, the SD4’s engine produces 177kW and 500Nm”

Fraser added “The Discovery SD4 moves the 4×4-wagon design goalposts in terms of weight verses size, and engine capacity verses performance.  It’s a big, comfortable and economical 4×4 that works brilliantly on-road yet isn’t fazed on a gnarly track”

Jaguar Land Rover Australia Managing Director, Matthew Wiesner said, “We are delighted to win 4X4 of The Year with the new Land Rover Discovery.  The New Discovery brings with it an unrivalled breadth of capability and technology that allows our Australian Land Rover customers to live the lifestyle they aspire to.”